Guidance

Links

Financial Aid
FAFSA

A detailed step-by-step presentation is available on our website. Please click "presentations" to access this.  

Here is a quick summary: 

In order for a family to receive an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and then be eligible for a financial aid package from college, a FREE APPLICATION OF FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) must be submitted. Also, to be eligible for many state funded grants, scholarships, and tuition assistance programs, a FAFSA needs to be completed. This application become available for students on October 1st each year.

A pin number (electronic signature) must be obtained before you can fill out the FAFSA online. To get a pin, click here: 

Once you have been assigned a PIN, you visit their website (fafsa.gov) and begin working on the FAFSA.

Here is what will happen after you complete the FAFSA:

1. Student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR).

2. You review the SAR for errors. Each college you chose will also receive your SAR.

3. Colleges then prepare a financial aid package. Every college will have a different package. This package may contain different types of financial aid.

4. Student will sign the award letter for the college they choose.

5. Students need to make sure they accept the award letter by the college's deadline.

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Testing
ACT
ACT has an excellent website for students that provides you with an array of information. You can work on some practice questions from the different sections of the test and learn more about your scores and how they are reported. You can register online or fill out a registration packet in the guidance office. ACT recommends that you register online. The ACT is being offered at Manteno High School (142755) this year on certain test dates. Check with the counseling office to find out these dates. Other test centers that are close to Manteno High School include: Bradley-Bourbonnais High School (173580), Kankakee Community College (010530) and Bishop McNamara High School (174210).
http://www.actstudent.org/index.html

SAT
The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a college entrance exam that is preferred by many private colleges and universities outside of the Midwest. You can learn much more about the SAT through the College Board website. You may register online or in the guidance office. Manteno is not a test center for the SAT.
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/about.html

Counseling Resources
KAN-I-HELP

The updated mental health resource packet is available under "Presenations."

The Kankakee-Iroquois HELP Network is a comprehensive community information system designed to connect the residents of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties, in east central Illinois, with government agencies, publicly financed human services and non-profit organizations.

Information contained in this on-line directory has either been provided by the agencies themselves or a reliable third party. We try to make sure the information provided is correct, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy. Inclusion in the directory does not imply endorsement.

http://www.kan-i-help.org/

Student Athletes
NCAA Clearinghouse
If you are currently a student-athlete at Manteno High School and you are considering the possibility of playing Division I or II athletics, you must meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the NCAA Clearinghouse. You will find instructions on eligibility requirements and how to register listed below. For more information on eligibility requirements check out the NCAA Clearinghouse website by clicking the link.
http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

College Search
College Board's Big Future

The College Board has an extensive search tool available to students for FREE. Students can also use this website to assist with career or major planning. 

bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

College Navigator

College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information about over 7000 schools.

https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

College Scorecard

A VERY user-friendly tool to help students gain quick access to each college's main points of interest; this includes a breakdown of costs, financial aid & debt, graduation and retention rates, earnings after graduation, student body statistics, SAT/ACT average scores and academic programs.  

 

https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/